NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s electricity distributor on
Friday launched an energy loss reduction initiative in
partnership with International Finance Corporation (IFC).
Managing Director Ken Tarus said the aim of the
initiative is to reduce technical and commercial losses
in the utility’s network.
“To help us
achieve our single digit target, we have contracted the
IFC’s Energy & Water Advisory to implement loss
reduction initiatives. These initiatives include support
for both technical and commercial loss reduction,
training, and management support,” Tarus said.
He said in a
statement issued in Nairobi that the reduction in energy
losses is critical to the company as it translates into
increased revenue hence improved profitability.
Power’s energy loss for the financial year ended June
2016 stood at 18.8 percent. Though it is an improvement
from the 19.4 percent the previous financial year, we
are yet to reach our target of single digit losses,”
service contract is a two-year assignment at a projected
cost of 800,000 U.S. dollars with IFC and Kenya Power
each financing 50 percent of the budget.
Power financing component is linked to deliverables over
the two-year duration of the project.
Kenya launches program
to eliminate trachoma disease
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s health ministry on Friday
launched a 1 million U.S. dollar program that is aimed
at eliminating trachoma from the country.
Secretary for Health Cleopa Mailu said 14,579 people who
are affected by the disease will have their eyes
operated under the program.
conducted eye surgeries to 41,501 people who had
sight-threatening trachoma complications in the past 10
years,” Mailu said during the launch of the program in
a infectious disease and one of the leading causes of
blindness in Kenya among people living in harsh and hard
to reach areas due to limited availability of water and
trachoma prevalence in Kajiado County in southwest Kenya
alone stood at 28.1 percent, far above the World Health
Organization (WHO) recommended threshold of 10 percent.
in a coordinated intensive intervention that involved
surgery, antibiotics, facial cleanliness and
environmental improvement (SAFE),” Mailu said.
there has been a significant drop in active trachoma
that “shows that Kenya is on the path to eliminating
a 2004 study, trachoma is a major problem inflicting
arid parts of the country.
regions, like Samburu in northwestern Kenya, have a
prevalence of 35 percent for active trachoma and 6
percent for blinding trachoma. Nationwide, the rates are
10 percent and 1 percent respectively.